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Moscow plans to prevent foreigners from creating religious organisations
Justice Ministry posted online draft amendments to the law "On the freedom of conscience." Experts believe changes would ban so-called alternative religions.
Russia, bill for more control over volunteers
After the Law on NGOs, a draft bill which requires volunteers to sign an agreement with charitable organizations before working in the field. Experts say Kremlin bothered by growing movement.
Orthodox Church concerned about anti-foreign NGOs bill
Foreign-funded Russian NGOs involved in political activities must register as foreign agents. Since the Orthodox Church receives funds from its foreign dioceses, it is concerned it might come under closer scrutiny. Failure to register could mean fines and up to four years in jail.
Religion is back in Russian schools, but under the aegis of the Kremlin
A new subject will be introduced this year into 12 thousand schools across the Federation: "spiritual and moral formation". By 2012 all Russian schools will have to offer the course that provides the opportunity to study Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism or Buddhism. For religious minorities it is another sign of the alliance between the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchate.
Metropolitan Kondrusiewicz calls for a more representative Inter-religious Council of Russia
Putin and Aleksij II say country must unite against terrorism and bolster inter-ethnic accord.
Council of Religious Experts threatens religious freedom
Christians, including some Orthodox, and Muslims have slammed the council set up within the Justice Ministry. A row breaks out over the intransigent views of its chairman, Aleksandr Dvorkin, and accusations of incompetence levelled at its members.
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